IRAQ: South Korea’s KNOC eyes stake in massive oil project

(EnergyAsia, February 25, Wednesday) — State energy firm Korea National Oil Corp (KNOC) expects to land a contract for a massive oil project in Iraq. The company said it would work alone on the eight oil blocks in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region after failing to after efforts at forming a consortium with other Korean companies…

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SINGAPORE: Federal International wins US$64.4 million Algeria line pipe contract

(EnergyAsia, February 25, Wednesday) — Singapore-listed Federal International (2000) Ltd last week announced that it had won a US$64.4 million contract with First Calgary Petroleums Ltd–Sonatrach Spa (FCP-Sonatrach) for a 428-km line pipe for the development of the Menzel Ledjmet East oil and gas field in Algeria. Federal, a service and procurement specialist provider for…

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JAPAN: MHI and two others join France’s Areva to launch nuclear fuel fabrication business

(EnergyAsia, February 25, Wednesday) — Three Japanese firms, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), Mitsubishi Materials Corp (MMC) and Mitsubishi Corp (MC), and France’s Areva have signed an agreement to jointly establish a new company to provide nuclear fuel fabrication services. The yet-to-be-named company will provide nuclear fuel fabrication services, development, design, manufacturing and sales services….

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CHINA: Suntech Power acquires minority stake in Asia Silicon for $8.1 million

(EnergyAsia, February 25, Wednesday) — Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd, a world leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, said it recently paid $8.1 million for a minority stake in Asia Silicon Co Ltd. Earlier, Suntech has entered into an agreement to purchase high purity polysilicon from Asia Silicon for up to $1.5 billion…

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CHINA: Russia gets $25 billion in loans for long-term crude supply

(EnergyAsia, February 25, Wednesday) — China’s patient pursuit of a long-term oil supply deal with Russia has paid off as cash-strapped Moscow agreed last week to provide 300,000 b/d for 20 years in exchange for an urgent $25-billion loan. The deal, the largest energy transaction between the two countries, was hailed as a major breakthrough…

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THAILAND: Thai Oil shelves plan to upgrade refinery

(EnergyAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — Thailand’s state energy firm Thai Oil said it has shelved plans to upgrade its oil refinery due to the impact of the global economic slowdown. The company faces difficulty raising capital for its proposed US$2 billion upgrade, and has no guarantee the investment will pay off in view of reduced…

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MARKETS: Oil production has peaked at 89 million b/d, says Total CEO

(EnergyAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — World oil production will soon peak at 89 around million b/d, the CEO of French oil major Total said. According to Christophe de Margerie’s latest pronouncement, the world will not be able to produce more than 89 million b/d, down sharply from his earlier forecasts for a 93 million b/d…

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SAUDI ARABIA: GE Energy signs $1 billion power deal

(EnergAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — GE Energy said it has signed a contract worth nearly $1 billion to supply more than 30 Frame 7EA gas turbines for the Saudi Electricity Company’s (SEC) Riyadh Power Plant 10 (PP10). This project, the latest in a series of GE contracts for SEC power projects, will add 2,000 megawatts…

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MALAYSIA: Johor government sets aside land for proposed oil complex

(EnergyAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — Malaysia’s Johor state government said it has set aside nearly 405 hectares of land in Kota Tinggi town for the construction of a multi-billion-ringgit downstream oil complex. The project will consist of oil storage and blending facilities to be developed by a consortium involving a local and a US company,…

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JAPAN: Wartsila and Mitsubishi renew co-operation agreement on low-speed marine diesel engines

(EnergyAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — Finland’s Wartsila and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said they have signed a 10-year renewal of an existing co-operation agreement for the sale, manufacture and servicing of Wartsila’s low-speed marine diesel engines. Mitsubishi is the longest-standing member of the Wartsila family of low-speed engine licensees. The renewal was signed…

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MARKETS: Bloated floating oil inventories keep prices in check

(EnergyAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — The build-up of oil stocks in offshore floating structures and vessels is putting a lid on world oil prices, said traders and analysts. They estimate that traders have built up more than 80 million barrels of crude oil in tankers in the US Gulf and elsewhere in anticipation of higher…

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CHINA: Landmark infrastructure deals signal closer ties with Saudi Arabia

(EnergyAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — With the signing of five landmark infrastructure deals earlier this month, China has positioned itself to play a larger role in the economy of oil-rich Saudi Arabia. The deals, including a $1.8-billion mono-rail project, were signed during President Hu Jintao’s visit to the kingdom. The other agreements covered energy, mining,…

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MARKETS: Demand destruction vs supply reduction vs runaway money supply

(EnergyAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — The race between demand destruction and supply reduction will largely set the direction for where oil markets are headed this year. For now, demand destruction is winning, pushing WTI crude prices down to around $40 per barrel. For more than nine months last year, WTI held above US$100, peaking at…

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DUBAI: Vitol sells Fujairah storage stake to focus on refinery

(EnergyAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — Swiss-based Vitol Group, one of the world’s largest physical oil trading conglomerates, earlier this month announced that it has divested its 10% stake in Vopak Horizon Fujairah Ltd (VHFL) which owns a 1.5-million-cubic metre oil storage facility in Fujairah, UAE. Vitol said it realised an “attractive return” from the sale…

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JAPAN: Prime Minister Aso witnessed inauguration of Russia’s first LNG plant on Sakhalin Island

(EnergyAsia, February 24, Tuesday) — President Dmitry Medvedev has launched Russia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant built by Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Limited (Sakhalin Energy). The LNG plant is the heart of the Sakhalin II Project, one of the largest integrated oil and gas projects in the world. The innovative and challenging Sakhalin II…

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CHINA: Brazil to supply up to 160,000 b/d of crude, in line for $10 billion loan

loans to Brazil for oil project development after agreeing to import between 100,000 b/d and 160,000 b/d of crude oil.  The agreements were signed last week following a meeting between Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and visiting Chinese vice president Xi Jinping in the capital city of Brasilia. Brazil’s state energy company, Petrobras,…

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AUSTRALIA: Caltex will not pay final dividend after reporting 95% plunge in 2008 net profit

said it will not pay out a final dividend after its net profit fell more than 95% to A$34 million last year, compared with A$646 million in 2007. (US$1=A$1.55). It blamed the sharp decline on the fall in crude oil prices, which slashed the value of its stockpile, the “unprecedented drop” in the Australian dollar…

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CHINA: Special fund to invest in energy and resource ventures

swooped the past few weeks to buy up energy and natural resources from various producing countries struggling to deal with plunging commodity prices and the global credit shortage. Between them, President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping raised China’s political and economic standing with the developing world with high profile tours of the Middle…

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CHINA: CNOOC in landmark deal with Ukraine to help develop Black Sea gas fields

gas deals with China. State-owned Chernomornaftogaz has signed a landmark memorandum of understanding inviting China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) to help build a pipeline to tap the Odessa offshore gas deposits in the Black Sea. Chernomornaftogaz, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Naftogaz, has responsibility to develop the offshore fields in the Black Sea and Azov…

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PACIFIC: Digicel to use wind and solar power to support telecommunication services in Vanuatu

(EnergyAsia, February 23, Monday) — Mobile telecommunications operator Digicel, supported by the GSMA Development Fund, said it has completed the second phase of its green power network implementation and is using wind and solar energy to power up 25 base stations on the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu.

Digicel, the leading mobile operator in Vanuatu, now carries more than 60% of its network traffic on base stations powered by renewable energy sources.

Typically, off-grid base stations have been powered by generators running on diesel, which is increasingly erratic in price, is costly to distribute and generates carbon dioxide emissions.

Digicel said solar, wind and hybrid power provides a more cost-effective and reliable solution than either solar cells or wind turbines alone, to bring GSM coverage to some of the most remote communities in Vanuatu.

“By implementing alternative sources of energy, we are able to connect the unconnected, making communications accessible to many in Vanuatu for the first time,” said Tanya Menzies, CEO of Digicel Vanuatu.

“The work we are doing in Vanuatu is particularly important to the Digicel Group, as it’s serving as a model for alternative power deployments for other Digicel networks around the world.

Digicel, which launched commercial service in June 2008, recently completed the second phase in the project, bringing the current number of green-powered base stations to 25.

In 2009, the company plans to install a new wind turbine to an existing wind farm to power a portion of its sites, enabling the operator to reduce its annual power bill by an order of magnitude.

“The GSMA created the Green Power for Mobile programme with two objectives in mind: to promote the use of green power to expand mobile networks into regions currently lacking coverage, and to facilitate the systematic reduction of reliance on diesel by operators,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer for the GSMA.

“Our work with Digicel further demonstrates the commercial viability of implementing renewable energy systems on a broad scale and has helped establish best practices for future green power projects.”

Since its launch in the South Pacific in November 2006, Digicel has become the fastest-growing mobile operator in the Pacific, with operations in Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The company was recently granted licences by the Governments of Fiji and has commitments from several other countries in the Pacific.

Digicel said it has contributed to the 0.7% growth to the GDP of Papua New Guinea since its launch as the second mobile operator on July 20, 2007.

The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites more than 750 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organizations.

 

CHINA: Venezuela fund doubled to $12 billion, oil exports to rise

their joint investment fund to $12 billion while concluding 12 new agreements including one that promises to raise oil exports to Asia’s fastest growing economy. The deals were signed during last week’s visit to Caracas by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping as part of a five-country tour of South America that included Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia…

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SINGAPORE: Advanced Holdings reports 39% drop in net profit for FY2008

 profit fell 39% to S$7.5 million from S$12.3 million in FY2007. The company, which supplies proprietary process equipment and technologies, clean energy solutions and environmental technologies, added that its revenue slipped from S$84.7 million to S$87.3 million over the same period. (US$1=S$ 1.53). Advanced said its profit margin was affected by rising business costs and…

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THAILAND: PTT reports first quarterly loss as listed company

Thailand’s main energy firm, PTT, has reported its first quarterly net loss since listing in 2001. Given the weak state of the global economy, there could be further downside for Thailand’s biggest listed company which reported a net loss of 22.2 billion baht for the October-December quarter compared with a 25.8 billion baht net profit…

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VIETNAM: International firms invited to buy into oil refinery

including Royal Dutch Shell, India’s Essar, South Korea’s SK Energy and some Middle Eastern companies to acquire a stake in its first oil refinery in Dung Quat. Inaugurated yesterday, the 140,000 b/d refinery is designed to use only Vietnam’s fast depleting light low-sulphur crude oil. Lacking funds and technical expertise, PetroVietnam needs to expand and…

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SOUTH KOREA: Eletson Corp enters gas market with the delivery of its first LPG carrier

(EnergyAsia, February 23, Monday) — Greece’s Eletson Corp said it is venturing into a new market with the delivery of its first liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier. Built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) in Korea, the ship marks a milestone for the respected Greek operator, long recognised by the shipping industry for the ownership and management of tankers for more than four decades.

The 22,010 deadweight tonne Anafi, constructed to Lloyd’s Register class, is the first of a series of four LPG ships being built for Eletson by HMD. Built to meet high specifications and exceeding latest requirements for navigational safety and environmental requirements, these ships demonstrate Eletson’s commitment to the demanding gas transportation market.

The Anafi has a length of 165 metres, a breadth of 28 metres and a moulded depth of 17.8 metres, with engine power of 9,480 kW.

Nikos Makris, Eletson’s chief operating officer, said:
“For the past four decades, Eletson has built an enviable reputation as a leader in the transportation of oil products. Today, we are committed to reinforcing and expanding into other energy transportation sectors, by investing heavily in modern and technologically advanced tonnage.

“Our first LPG vessel, the Anafi, the first out of a series of four sister vessels, has been successfully delivered today at HMD in Korea and she will be prepared for sailing on her maiden voyage. As all our vessels, the Anafi is named after a Greek island and will fly the Greek flag. Anafi demonstrates our commitment to quality as well as to the company’s pride in our Greek maritime heritage.”

Lloyd’s Register has worked with Eletson and HMD at all stages of construction, using proven design tools covered by Lloyd’s Register’s ShipRight procedures for structural detail analysis and fatigue design assessment.

During construction the ship was surveyed and monitored to meet the requirements of Lloyd’s Register’s ShipRight construction monitoring procedures. This demanding procedure ensures the vessel is constructed to tolerances intended to enhance fatigue performance during her operational life.

In addition, by selecting a higher standard of bridge layout and visibility – to the requirements of Lloyd’s Register’s NAV1 Class Notation – the LPGC Anafi will be well prepared to navigate the increasingly congested waters of the world’s major trade lines.

Luis M Benito, marine manager and country manager for Korea, said:
“We are very proud to work with Eletson on this project. To be able to combine our LPG experience with Eletson’s continual and professional commitment to quality has been a rewarding experience.

“This is a significant project for us and adds to the valuable long working relationship between Eletson and Lloyd’s Register and with HMD. We wish Eletson all the best in the exciting new future of LPG shipping and thank all involved in the project for their support. At Lloyd’s Register we are now looking forward to helping look after Anafi during her operational life.”